Monday Morning Love – New Greatness From Ikea

Morning everyone! I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe we’re at the start of another week already! I had a very busy weekend – I attended BlogPodium on Saturday, and had class all day Sunday which means I’m writing this at 2:30am – apologies in advance for any spelling or grammar mistakes.

I have to say that my Saturday was amazing – I’m hoping to write-up a full post on my experience, and the wonderful bloggers I met, and the tonnes of stuff I learned, but for now I’ll just say that the keynote speaker was the lovely Sarah Richardson (yes, that Sarah Richardson) which was a thrill in itself. Sunday’s class was Kitchen Design. It’s only a four-week course, but it runs from 10am to 5pm, so it makes for a long day. Yesterday’s class was in a furniture showroom, and I have to say I never knew there were so many rules when it came to where everything in a kitchen is placed.

Today’s Monday Morning Love post is a little different because I honestly didn’t have the time to search the web for an inspiring and beautiful space – instead I went to my inbox. Because of this wee hobby of mine I am periodically sent media releases from companies promoting their new products. Ikea sent me an email about a week ago with some new products for October, and I thought I’d share – I think you’ll understand why.

Ikea Ovre Toddlre bed - $96 (frame)

Ikea Ovre Toddlre bed – $96 (frame)

I don’t have kids, but most of my friends do. There’s some debate as to the value of a toddler bed, but this one (called Ovre) may sway some opinions. I think it’s adorable, and the bunting makes it even cuter (and I would love that stuffed shark).

Ikea Ranarp Lamps - Desk Lamp and Pendant lamp - $40ea.

Ikea Ranarp Lamps – Desk Lamp and Pendant lamp – $40ea.

I think these new Ranarp lamps are simple and classic, and therefore beautiful. It’s available in a desk, and a pendant lamp, as well as a floor lamp that I think I may need to own in the near future..

Ikea Fjallberget Chairs - $199 ea.

Ikea Fjallberget Chairs – $199 ea.

My office has some very typical ‘office-style’ chairs in the meeting rooms. These new Fjallberget chairs are oh-so stylish, and now every time I sit in a meeting on the regular boring office chairs I’ll be a bit disappointed.

Ikea Fjalkinge shelving units - $189

Ikea Fjalkinge shelving units – $189

I have a feeling these Fjalkinge shelving units will become a new blogger favourite. They come with four shelves, and you can add drawers. While they’re lovely in white I know that the blogoshere will soon be filled with these shelved spray painted gold, and every colour of the rainbow.

Will you be hoping to see any of the above in person? I know I’ll be using the lamp as an excuse to go to Ikea next month (although I don’t honestly need an excuse to go – the meatballs and icecream are usually enough inducement for me to go).

*All Images by Ikea

Monday Morning Love – Eames Dining Chairs and a Secret

If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know of my deep and abiding love of the Eames dining chair with wooden legs, so I thought I’d share some lovely dining rooms all using the chair, but with hugely varying looks.

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Photo via (If you know the original source please let me know)

(yes, I know the last image hasn’t got the exact same chair, but I’m including it because it’s amazing, and I love the Eames rocker too)

Now I need to let you in on a little secret I’ve been keeping. Last summer I was walking by my local Kitchen Stuff Plus and I spotted a replica version of the chair. I was so excited I even blogged about it, and asked your opinion on what I should do – buy the replicas, or keep my black dining chairs. The opinions were evenly split, and then my mom (who is a great sounding board for all my schemes) came down on the side of keeping my black spindle chairs. So keep them I did – for a few more months anyways.

In early spring I opened my email to discover Kitchen Stuff Plus was having a 25% off all furniture sale. Excuse me? (insert image of me mentally calculating while doing a happy dance). A savings of 25% times four dining chairs is practically one free chair! Now the sale was limited to only one item per day per customer, and I still had my black dining chairs, but Kitchen Stuff Plus has a rather amazing 30 day return policy. I therefore did what any other self-respecting lover of Eames style chairs, who also loves a sale, would do – I bought one chair a day over four days and schlepped them home (it’s a 1k walk). At the same time I listed my black chairs for sale on Craigslist and Kijiji with the promise to myself that if they didn’t sell within the 30 days the much-loved Eames dining chairs would be returned.Molded Eames Style dining chairsWithin a few days my black chairs were sold for $200, and that meant my dream chairs were finally mine. For those of you keeping track the chairs were normally $67.49 each. When you subtract the 25% they were $50.62 each or $202.48 for four. My four black dining chairs cost $71.28, which means when you subtract the $200 I got from their sale on I got four of my dream chairs for just $74. Eames style  dining chairThe moral of the story is eventually, if you’re patient enough, and crafty enough you can get exactly what you want.

PS – Kitchen Stuff Plus has no idea that I’m writing this post – I got a good deal so I thought I’d share.
PPS – The KSP 25% off all furniture sale is on again though September 22nd.

Finding Everything but What I Want

I’ve recently been on a ‘kinda-sorta’ search for a piece of furniture for my place. It’s a ‘kinda-sorta’ search because it’s not a need – more of a want, so every few weeks I troll Craigslist and Kijiji to see if magically what I want is available. Here’s where the difficulty lies – I very rarely find what I’m looking for, but instead find quite a number of things I’d buy if I only I had the space/money. Does this happen to anyone else, or am I the only one afflicted with this problem?

Last night I spent WAY more time than I should have looking online at other people’s used stuff, and since I found a few items I’d consider bringing home if I had the space, I thought I’d share.

Faux Bamboo Chippendale Chairs - $100 (Sellers image)

Faux Bamboo Chippendale Chairs – $100 each (Sellers image)

In all honestly I’m not sure if this is a great deal, but I think they’re pretty. One might be nice as a desk chair.

White Campaign Dresser  - $120 (Sellers image)

White Campaign Dresser – $120 (Sellers image)

I know Campaign style dressers have been quite popular recently. I can’t decide if I’d paint this a fun colour, or leave as-is. I rather like the white with the chrome.

Brass Bar Cart - $10 (Sellers image)

Brass Bar Cart - $10 (Sellers image)

Brass bar carts are usually pretty expensive.This one isn’t. It hasn’t got the most elegant lines, but for $10 I might be willing to overlook that.

Antique Cane Seat Chairs - $100 (Sellers image)

Antique Cane Seat Chairs - $100 for 4 (Sellers image)

I’m kind of in love with these chairs – aren’t they sweet? I think they’d be lovely around a small marble bistro table.

Brass Dining Chairs - $120 (Sellers Image)

Brass Dining Chairs – $120 for 6 (Sellers Image)

I really wish the seller had posted some other pictures of these chairs – I’d love to see the side profile. I think they could be pretty amazing if they were re-upholstered.

Mahogany Secretary - $600 (sellers Image)

Mahogany Secretary – $600 (sellers Image)

Surprisingly, this time I did find exactly what I wanted  for sale. Unfortunately it’s a bit on the pricy side. Also, it’s in another country. Isn’t it pretty though?

What do you think? Would you be tempted to bring any of the above home? Or am I a bit crazy?